Looking for simple cozy decor tips for your home but you don’t have a lot of time? Here are 5 tips you can add in 5 minutes.

I am sitting here typing this post.

And I’m cold.


Y’all. It is the COLDEST OF THE COLD here. The high yesterday was 12 degrees and it’s not getting any warmer anytime soon. This is Texas. What in the world?

I’m layering up with tights and jeans and drinking coffee and snuggling under tons of blankets to try and stay warm.

It’s that time of year when cozy reigns supreme.

But what if you want cozy, but you don’t have time?

No worries.

I got you.

I have 5 ideas to instantly add cozy to your home (and wait until you see what I did with all the mini houses now).

// the softest throw // this faux fur throw //

5 Cozy Decor Tips You Can Add in 5 Minutes

1. Add a throw

Okay. I see you shaking your head thinking hello Captain obvious.

But wait. I have all the throw ideas. Start by pulling out all the throws you have.

And then?

Decorate with them.

This is the throw sitting on my couch right now that is the coziest.

And here’s another of my favorites.

Add a throw to a basket

This is my best tip for adding a throw to a basket.

So many people fold it and try and drape it over the side of the basket. It never works. The throw always look a little glumpy. Here’s the solution. Take the blanket and grab it in the very center and twist it slightly then drape the ends together over the side of the basket.

It looks like a basket right out of a magazine.

Drape a throw over a couch

When planning out ways to display throws, you want to place them where you can actually use them.

There is nothing cozier then snuggling down into a couch and reaching up for a throw.

The key to this look?

Lay the throw flat, then reach and grab the very center of the throw. Let it hang down from the center and place that center over the back of the couch.

The rest of the throw will fall into place.

Simply fluff and arrange the throw and place pillows on top.

You can also decorate with throws by:

  • fold it up on a stool
  • drape it over the arm of a chair
  • fold it in thirds and add it to the end of a bed
  • drape it over a chair and add a pillow
  • toss it over a bench
  • folded on a ladder

// faux fur pillow //

If you are looking for a cozy pillow to add to your throws?

I just got this faux fur pillow.

It measures 20″ x 20″ and it’s SO soft and cozy.

You can see it here.

I also found this faux fur pillow cover from the My Texas House collection here.

2. Add a cozy screen saver to your television

If you have a smart TV?

Did you know there’s an entire library of screen savers just waiting for you?

Most smart TVs have a YouTube app that comes with the television. Open up the YouTube app on your television and search for “cozy screen savers.” There are tons of them. Scroll through and find the one that you want and click play.

My television also has a crackling fire app that plays on a loop and makes the room look so cozy.

If you don’t have a smart television, you can always cast pictures from your phone to the television.

It’s an easy way to make your room look cozier in minutes.

// battery operated candles //

3. Add battery operated candles

This tip should have been first.

It’s the easiest, simplest way to add cozy to a room.

I have these candles all over my house. They are on mantels. They are in my faux fireplace. They are on my hutch.

The candles operate off of triple AAS batteries and they are on a timer. The timer is the key. I set the timer to go off when the sun sets and when I walk into a room there’s instant coziness.

The flames flicker and look so real and I never have to worry about lighting them.

You can see the set of candles here.

// these tiny houses with eucalyptus //

// these tiny houses with eucalyptus //

4. Add a little greenery

Most of the time when we think of cozy? We think of blankets and pillows and neutrals and creams and texture.

But don’t forget about the greenery.

I just found these little houses with eucalyptus on the top at Walmart.

I was supposed to be shopping for ice and water for the storm and I ended up with these tiny houses instead. I added them to the hutch with all the tiny houses from Christmas.

You can see them here.

You can also fill a vase with greenery and add it to a side table or coffee table.

I love this silver-dollar eucalyptus.

I got this eucalyptus at Trader Joe’s and I usually keep it for several weeks. You could also cut leaves from the yard or use faux leaves.

You can see all my favorite winter greenery (including faux silver dollar eucalyptus that looks almost just like this) here.

// topiaries //

// topiaries //

In the same ice and water trip, I found these topiaries.

Aren’t they the cutest?

These topiaries are perfect for now and for spring and summer, too.

You can see them here.

cozy decor tips dough bowl

5. Fill a dough bowl with winter

This simple cozy decor idea starts with a dough bowl.

You can see one of my favorites here.


Just fill up the bowl with winter. Wondering what winter looks like?

Here are a few winter dough bowl suggestions:

  • acorns
  • pinecones
  • burlap
  • ribbon
  • branches
  • jingle bells
  • wood pieces
  • architectural pieces
  • pom poms

Add pinecones to anything

Not to belabor the entire pinecone thing, but I can’t get enough of them this year. I’ve added them everywhere and they just make the house feel so wintery. It’s one of the easiest cozy decor ideas.

I’m actually bleaching an entire batch tomorrow to add to a dough bowl.

You can see how I add them to a winter display in the video and I started with this truck.

Here are 21 ideas for decorating with pinecones.

// wood organizing bins //

Cozy organizing

One last tip.

I just got these wood bins that stack.

They are SO CUTE and so affordable.

I’m using them to keep everything organized this year.

You can see them here.

I hope these cozy decor tips warm you up and make your home feel extra warm and welcoming this winter. How is the weather where you are?

Is it cold?

I hope you are sitting on a beach with your toes in the sand.

If you are can you send me a postcard?

It might make me feel warmer. 🙂

PS Feel free to add a cozy tip in the comments. You all always have the best ideas.

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  1. Image for Cindy Molleur Cindy Molleur

    Very curious about the open book on your end table with the folder pages and inserted tags with string❤️ If I missed the post, would you share the link, please?

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      It’s actually an advent calendar that my sister made for me! I was going to post about how to make it and talk about making something like it for affirmations for the new year!

  2. Image for Joan McCormick Joan McCormick

    Love your style of decor...I'm particularly interested in the dangles hanging off the book on your end table. So whimsical! Thanks for all your posts.

    1. Image for Maureen Maureen

      I agree, Joan, Cindy and Jan!! Please share, Karianne! Are they little white gift tags? I so love that look...and you 😘

  3. Image for Lana guill Lana guill

    I just watched the video about the 5 mistakes in decorating. I noticed your end table didn’t have a lamp in it. I’ve never thought much about this till now. I’ve got an end table that does not have a lamp on it. Seen you had a glass container or vase with greenery in it. So that’s solved my problem. Today that’s what I’m going to do. I was thinking last night o don’t want a lamp but didn’t know what to do. Love your videos! ❤️

  4. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Oh I just adore your hutch with all your sweet mini houses. And those new wooden stacking boxes are great, aren't they?? Oh KA it is so cold here. Yesterday was 4 degrees but with like a -20 wind chill factor. My SIL actually ran a 5k in that weather. Crazy man! But he placed first in his age group, whoot. My sister just got back late last night from an all-inclusive Cabo San Lucas week in the warm sun. I know she was expecting cold when she got back - but it was in the 40s when she left. Yikes, right? So I lived the beach life vicariously through her wonderful pictures. Your cruise can't come fast enough, can it? Till then, enjoy all that wonderful Hygge you've created. Hugs.

  5. Image for Cindy Vojanec Cindy Vojanec

    I love all of your posts but today’s is an inspiration! I am visiting my son and family but when I get home, Walmart will be getting an order!!

  6. Image for Sherry T Sherry T

    I love how you find home decor items that look expensive but are surprisingly affordable. Thank you for sharing them and doing all the legwork. All I have to do is hit the link!

  7. Image for Barb E Barb E

    Love this post! So many cute ideas! I love your explanation for throw blankets! Sure to give it a try. Stay warm!

  8. Image for Kathy Hill Kathy Hill

    You are so talented and I love how you make your home expensive looking at an affordable price. Thank you from 40 below zero Iowa!

  9. Image for Meda Branwell Meda Branwell

    I really enjoy all your posts….& the cute way you write! I’m sorry, but I couldn’t get the link for the neat twisted taper candles with timers, to work. Could you please post it again? Thanks a bunch!

  10. Image for Julie Maddy Julie Maddy

    Good frigid morning Karianne! -10 here in Minnesota. I just purchased a wooden candle holder/making decor item that you used in your decorating for your son’s wedding. I’m wondering where I can find that post please. I just remember it was adorable how you used them! Thanks in advance and keep warm! 💞

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Julie, Of course! Here you go: https://thistlewoodfarms.com/diy-rehearsal-dinner-centerpiece-ideas/ Let me know if you have any questions! happy day, karianne

  11. Image for JC JC

    I think it's freezing cold just about everywhere!! Yes, to all these cute cozies! I love the thatched roof mini house. Did I miss the link to that one? I was shopping after Christmas with my daughter and couldn't resist a little mini white house that lights up. KariAnne, I think you started something!!😄 Stay warm, friend

  12. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Love the end table book and all too Yes please share. I just love the way you write, tell stories etc. I am here for all of it. Thanks soooo much

  13. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Love the book with tags! 3° here in Idaho with blue skies... I got a hand blown green glass house from a thrift store last week, a great find. Its sitting on my bookcase with Nancy Drew keeping it company!!! LOL... Big Hugs,

  14. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Those are some cute ideas. I love the topiaries. It's bitter cold here. No sand, no toes warmed by it. Frost bitten nose for us. Stay warm.

  15. Image for Angela Boswell Angela Boswell

    Hi KariAnne, I saw your idea for a screen saver for your smart TV. I use that idea but step it up a notch. My son and husband are tech savy people and hooked our computer screen saver of family pictures directly to our smart TV. It's like one of those family photo picture frames that change every 3 seconds but its on your TV. At Christmas its was so much fun because the family get to see how much they've changed over the years... It brings to mind nice family memories. We even have a special screen saver for past Christmas pics...and one of our favorite scenery photography pics when we want a change. It kept my husband from adding his photograpy, all over the walls... And the nice thing is, we get to see it change on the TV screen saver with the click of a changer.. Just an idea....

  16. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    My daughter and I wear Paca socks. They are the best at keeping you feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They are a little pricey, but they have sales. Try them you will love them!!!

  17. Image for PJ PJ

    We live in a drafty old farmhouse, and layers are key: thermal underwear, wool socks, etc. My dear husband even wears a cotton beanie in the house. On sunny days, we open the drapes; on cloudy days, we keep them closed. It helps to keep moving. Some of those layers come off as I vacuum or take on other big cleaning projects. Stay cozy, KariAnne!

  18. Image for Jan Able Jan Able

    beautiful. Also where did you find the beautiful dark tan/mocha rug with white design and what is it made of? hope i can find it. TYSM

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